almost done…

whew!  it’s hot here!  so, not a lot of hooking, but i am almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“yep, she’s almost done.” ~the oatsy

otis is my project manager.  thank you, otis, for keeping on top of things!  as i said, i’m almost done with miss b’s turkey.

“this part looks ok.” ~elly-belly

ellis is in charge of quality control.  thank you for checking my loops, ellis.  so, anyway, the rug…

“hey! where are my workers?” ~lilly-kins

lilly is in charge of hiring and firing.  she keeps the boys in line.  thank you, lilly!

one small corner to go

i’ve had some questions from a few of you about what size the rug is and the colors i’m using.  i’ll try to answer those next time!

 

wishing you warm days and cool nights…

 

~rebecca

 

turkey progress…

our heat wave broke, at last, so i was able to get back to miss b’s turkey.  here’s a picture of how far i’ve come…

“hello!” ~the oatsy

well, i can say, without reservation, that otis looks lovely, but how about miss b’s turkey?…

“i think it looks swell!” ~elly belly

ellis looks every bit as handsome as otis, but the rug?  the rug?…

“what? you want to see what? the rug? sheesh, these people. they don’t know a good thing when they see a cat or two.” ~otis

well, here, at last, it is…

miss b’s turkey progress

for some reason, the tree is my favorite part, so far.

well, time to sign off… oh wait… i hear a faint caterwauling…

“i’m not ready to go. i’m staying right here!” ~the oatbran

until i find a feline-free field…

be well and happy!

 

~rebecca

outdoor hooking…

today is not an outdoor hooking day.  it’s 95* in the shade on our deck, so i’m staying away from wool, for the time being.  however, i did take my frame outside a few days ago…

what a picture perfect day!

i was able to watch the wild turkeys while i hooked miss b’s!

the kitties, who are strictly of the indoor variety, did not assist…

“zzzzz…” ~ellis
“ellis, roll over. you’re snoring!” ~the lilly-kins

whether you’re inside or out, enjoy whatever comes your way!

~rebecca

miss b’s turkey, day 2…

i was asked by one or two readers, what size i’m cutting my wool for miss b’s turkey.  my guess is, i’m using about a size 8. the fact is, i’m simply tearing my wool as i go. sometimes, i tear a piece that’s too wide, but then i just cut it in half.  in any case, i’m making some progress…

miss b’s turkey

i’ll be starting on the background, soon, but in the meantime, i have tremendous support, right lilly?

“what are you doing? why aren’t you playing with me?” ~lilly

well, some of us are more supportive than others.  in fact, ellis is so, “i’m right there with you” that he’s moved into my hooking chair…

“snore….” ~the elly~belly

“ahhhh, this is purrfect…z…z..z.zzzzzzz” ~ellis

however, tomorrow is a new day, and i may just get to the chair first!

 

if you’d like to find miss b’s turkey pattern, or any of my others, you can click here.

enjoy!

 

~rebecca

 

miss b’s turkey, day one…

today, i started on miss b’s turkey.  i got to use my new, fabulous bee line townsend hooking frame.  I’ve been reluctant to get back to hooking (you can click here to see why).  and, while it wasn’t entirely paw-free, i enjoyed it thoroughly!

“this looks like the purrfect place to perch.” ~the elly-belly

i finally got a photo of my progress…

miss b’s turkey

as you can see, if you look past the actual hooking, my drawing skills leave lots to be desired.  i must have drawn the turkey’s head four times, with a sharpie no less, however, since i draw my patterns on my backing freehand, there are always lots of extra lines and blobs and various marks.  that’s simply the way i do things.  i know there are far more efficient methods, but i like to be comfortable.

what do you think, lilly?

“it’s a snake!” ~the lilly-lou-hoo

lilly likes to steal the wool strip that i am about to use and pretend that it’s an enemy.  once she reduces it to a pulp, she carries it around and mourns over it.

we have many turkeys in our neighborhood and woods.  some people think turkeys are ugly and awkward, but i think they’re extraordinary.  the females are amazing mothers, and the males are so graceful when they’re courting.  i’m proud of my niece for seeing the artistic side of our natural world!

 

until i can get to my hooking under all these cats…

be happy!

 

~rebecca

stockings… they’re not just for christmas anymore…. and a pattern from cathy

I love making Christmas stockings, but Christmas only comes once a year ~ so what’s a girl to do?  There’s only one solution… make stockings for every holiday and season.  I have three Halloween/Autumn stockings in the works currently, and I’m having a ball!

trick or treat stocking

trick or treat stocking

The above is a design from Robin of Bird in the Hand Primitives.

nice and neutral

nice and neutral

You can find links to Robin’s designs by visiting one of her blogs here.

white witch

white witch

One of my favorite designs is from Lori Brechlin of Notforgotten Farm.  This White Witch is right up my alley, and it’s the perfect size for a little stocking.

punched and ready for aging

punched and ready for aging

You can find links to Lori’s patterns by visiting her blog here.

autumn stocking

autumn stocking

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I think stocking stuffers are the reason I love stockings so much!  I backed and lined this stocking with ticking…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…which is the same ticking I used to back the stocking stuffers.  Antique bone buttons and a little pocket finish the fun.

I’m excited to try my hand at Thanksgiving stockings next.  Here’s a design from Cathy Sowers of Four Ewe Farm.  She’s the one that does all those fabulous three-dimensional pieces I’ve been showing you, and she generously sent this pattern to me with her permission to share it with you!

cathy's turkey

cathy’s turkey

I think this will make a great stocking!  Thank you Cathy!  If you use Cathy’s design, please giver her credit.

 

Enjoy these autumn days!

 

rebecca

 

new favorite….

I have a new color combination ~ I can’t get enough….

valdani 6, p4, h206

valdani 6, p4, h206

cream, grey, and quiet coral.  I can’t take credit for this tripling, I was inspired by this antique rug:

antique hooked rug

antique hooked rug

Valdani h206, the pretty coral, has been in my stash for several years, but I never really noticed it.  It came in a collection I bought and has sat neglected ever since.  Not any more.  I see myself using this palette often in the future.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

It’s practically perfect as the background for this piece, and I have visions of using it, and the rest of the colors, for an aged, weather-beaten Santa.

2 chickens

2 chickens

I’m calling the piece I’m working on, “2 Chickens”, because, well, it features two chickens.  I am so clever.  Perhaps you’d like to try one of your own?

2 chickens pattern

2 chickens pattern

Above is the pattern.  I didn’t draw it on paper, but hopefully you’ll be able to use this sketch.  As always, please, no mass production of pattern or finishes, and please do not sell the pattern.  Feel free to share it among your friends, though!

Perhaps you’d like to find the Valdani h206?  Here’s the link at Snowflake Memories (or you can find it at valdani.com), just click here.

I’m listening to the gentle patter of rain today.  It’s so soft and soothing and makes me laugh at the same time ~ the weather report says 0% chance of rain today.  Sometimes life is fabulous!

embrace someone you love ~ human or otherwise!

 

rebecca

 

antique inspired patterns and finishes….

I’ve been having a ball working on antique inspired pieces.  Maybe you’d like to try your hand at these, too?

You can visit my etsy shop to see more photos of these antique inspired mats by clicking here.

I’ve included simple, and not super good quality, patterns in this post.  They are for your personal use, and should not be mass-produced either as patterns or finished pieces.  As these are antique rugs, the designs are in the public domain… I love that!  Unfortunately, as with so many antique rugs, there’s no information about the hooker, so credit cannot be given to any one individual.  However, I like to let others know that the design is not mine by referring to my finishes as “antique inspired”.

"we win" original hooked rug

“we win” original hooked rug

My favorite is the above, “We Win”.  OH!  Just look at all those missing/faded stitches ~ gorgeous!  How, oh how! am I to reproduce those perfect imperfections?  It was a challenge, but so much fun!

"we win" pattern

“we win” pattern

Above, you’ll find the pattern for, “We Win” ~ my apologies for the wrinkles.

"we win" colors

“we win” colors

Above, are the colors I decided upon.

The finish…

my punched "we win"

my punched “we win”

If you’d like to see more pictures of “We Win” you can click here to visit my etsy shop.

Next is “Two Horses”…

"two horses" original antique hooked rug

“two horses” original antique hooked rug

…and, here’s the pattern….

"two horses" pattern

“two horses” pattern

…again, apologies for the wrinkles.  Evidently, I forgot to photograph the colors I used, but here’s the list:  p3, p4, 146, 5, h212, and o510.

Here’s the finish…

my punched "two horses"

my punched “two horses”

You can see more pics of “Two Horses” by clicking here.

The last piece I finished is “Two Chickens One Horse” (aren’t I creative with my titles?).

"two chickens one horse" original hooked rug

“two chickens one horse” original hooked rug

The pattern….

"two chickens one horse" pattern

“two chickens one horse” pattern

The colors….

"two chickens one horse" colors

“two chickens one horse” colors

Unfortunately, the floss without labels are mystery colors.

The finish….

my punched "two chickens one horse"

my punched “two chickens one horse”

You can, of course, see more photos of “Two Chickens One Horse” by clicking here.

 

There you have it!

enjoy the coming of spring!

 

rebecca

2 cats 2 birds finish, and cats….

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“don’t take a picture now, we’re sleeping.” ~lilly and ellis

Lilly’s been feeling that the live feline element has been lacking in my recent posts…..

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“don’t take my picture now, i’m sleeping.” ~otis

I’ve mentioned to her that pictures of cats sleeping leaves some excitement to be desired….

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“go away. i’m trying to sleep.” ~ellis

She told me she’d try to galvanize her cohorts into action…

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“my eyes are open. any minute now, ellis and i will do something photo worthy…. though, we may need a little snooze before that happens.” ~lilly

Thus far, the results have been poor at best…

So, we’ll move on to our 2 Cats 2 Birds project.

first staining

stained

I soaked the finished embroidery in coffee for a while, squeezed it, and let it dry.  But, I feel like this is too much staining, so….

rinsed

rinsed

I rinsed out some of the coffee and let the piece dry again.  I’m much happier with this level of aging.

trimmed

trimmed

Next, I trim the weavers cloth.  I’m planning to use the remaining weavers cloth as the backing.

pressing

pressing

I prefer to have the backing completely hidden from the front view, so I fold and press it back as much as possible.

three sides done

three sides done

For the fourth side, I fold the weavers….

first fold

first fold

…so that when I press the final edge I’ll have a nice, clean finish…

ready to stitch

ready to stitch

I like using this method for my antique-hooked-rug-inspired embroideries.  The back is reminiscent of an envelope which brings to mind days gone by when writing, mailing and delivering letters was something of an art.

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Sometimes, I like to hide my stitches, but this time I think I’ll let them shine.

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all stitched

I give the back a good pressing, then…

a little identity

a little identity

…sign and date the back.

finished

finished

And, we’re done!

antique original

antique original

Above is the original, though a very poor quality picture.  Below is my version…OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

What a fun project this was!  I’d love to see your finishes and share them here if you allow me to!

 

enjoy the day!

 

rebecca

 

 

 

2 cats 2 birds punching progress…..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo far, so good….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I like the dark backgrounds, and the p4 border, but the little bit of 146 that I tried on the far right seems too dark.  So….OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

…enter o549.   O549 is a combination of pink and white/ivory.  OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

I think this is going to work!

How is your 2 cats 2 birds coming along?

 

rebecca